Cattle Could Save Ugandan Poverty

UGANDA - According to the National Livestock Census, the Karamoja region has the most cattle in Uganda but remains the most underdeveloped and impoverished region because the resource is not exploited.
calendar icon 5 November 2009
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With close to a million pastoralist communities, the Karamoja region is considered the most underdeveloped and impoverished region in Uganda, reports The Monitor.

However the National Livestock Census report shows that the region is endowed with resources, hosting most of the country's livestock. The report recommends that promoting commercial livestock enterprises, could economically lift the region from poverty. The census estimates that the country has 11.4 million cattle.

The Monitor says that cattle are seen as an item of cultural pride, not something that could generate income. Milk is rarely sold as a commodity and animals can be used for transport, the report suggests. "The government should explore possibilities of undertaking and promoting livestock rearing as a commercial enterprise, especially in the Karamoja zone by taking advantage of the considerably higher average herd sizes," the report reveals.

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